It's the little things that count

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Project by SPHinTampa posted 09-07-2011 04:49 PM 1833 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am not sure about the rest of you, but I get very caught up in trying to be perfect on some fairly ambitious projects (for me). However, sometimes it is the easy little projects that seem to mean more to others.

My wife has a number of Buddhist brass casting she wanted to display in a yoga studio, however, they came mounted on uneven, ugly stands.

I used chisels and elbow grease to free the castings from the old stands and then rebuilt new ones using Padauk.

Cut to size on the RAS and the profiled on the router table. Largest challenge is the fact that Padauk seems to split on the end grain, no matter how small of a cut I took, even with backer block. Next time I will cut an oversized blank, rout the end grain, rip to final size and route the long grain.

Light sanding using the Lee Valley sanding profile blocks and then finished with MinWax Spray Poly.

90 mins of shop work and a happy wife …

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#1 posted 09-07-2011 06:33 PM

Blew out at the end when routing the edge? I hate it when that happens.

Two strategies that have helped me:
Use hot melt glue and a small piece of wood to extend the edge, pop off after routing.
Use a climb cut to rout the last 1/2 inch of the end grain.

Those climb cuts can be nasty on a small piece like this unless you can make light passes before building up to the full depth of the profile.

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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Pat Cavanaugh

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#2 posted 09-07-2011 10:41 PM

Try routing the end grain then the long grain. That way the pass along the long grain will remove the tearout.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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